DVDs & Study Guides

Institutional copies of For Memories’ Sake are on sale now – click here for details!

Institutional DVDs: These DVDs are designed for libraries, universities and other organizations and include public performance rights for free, public screenings. The DVD also includes a number of special features, including educational study and discussion guides, interactive photo slideshows, and audio commentaries.

Individual (Home Use) or One-Time Screening DVDs: Because we are a small company, we are unable to sell individual, home use DVDs online. If you can find a few friends who also want to own For Memories’ Sake, we invite you to purchase one of our “Pays-For-Itself” screening kits, which includes 6 DVDs, 2 hand-letter-pressed posters, and 10 postcards to share for $99!

This screening kit is also designed for those who wish to host a free, public screening of For Memories’ Sake. Get all the details here.


Resources For Educators & Universities

We would love for For Memories’ Sake to become part of your library and classroom curriculum.

The educational DVD of For Memories’ Sake includes study and discussion guides for both high school and university class use, a further readings list, audio commentaries by Dr. David Wharton of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss, an audio commentary by director Ashley Maynor, producer Paul Harrill, and the film’s subject, Angela Singer, slideshows of over 1000 photos from the film, and much more!

We invite you to read below for information about how the film is informed by and contributes to the following areas of the Humanities: Southern culture and history, women’s studies, art history and philosophy (aesthetics), and photography/documentary studies.


Perhaps the most overarching theme in For Memories’ Sake is that of the continuing struggle by Southern women for equality and self-determination. Angela’s story and that of her granddaughter provide a cross-generational glance about the opportunities and obstacles faced by women born and educated in the South. Within each of their stories, the women choose between cultural “sacrifices” (e.g. losing one’s accent, leaving the South, not having children, etc.) or pursuing their artistic ambitions.

The film is also, in many respects, a cinematic essay that reflects upon privilege in the changing South — that of a granddaughter whose work is called “art” while her grandmother’s is referred to as merely a “hobby” or pastime. Folk art, outsider art, and home movies become part of the film’s internal debate that poses questions about which image-based records and documents have artistic and cultural value and who should be the judge of their worth.

For Memories’ Sake also reflects on the desire to create lasting family archives or histories and is, in itself, such a record of three generations of a Tennessee family. Urbanization, the decline of agriculture, and “brain drain” are but a few of the cultural phenomena operating underneath the storyline of the film and experienced by both Angela and her granddaughter. The film equally focuses on family relationships and traditions (both religious and secular) in the rural South as experienced by these main characters.

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The production of For Memories' Sake was made possible by a grant from the Southern Humanities Media Fund.

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